Big Thunder Lake, Cass County

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5/16/16 @ 3:53 PM
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Larson Guide Service
Larson Guide Service
USER since 6/24/14

MOON PHASE (78%)
Waxing Gibbous

Hello again anglers, tis the season to be hookin' and this we have been.  This opener started the same as it had left us in the fall.  The walleyes are slightly bigger this spring and all signs point to a healthy spawn. 

Anglers were fishing a variety of locations on the lake and it was clear that there was not a consistent bite.  Fish were caught from a variety of depths and colors were not a huge factor. 

What worked best and produced the most bites were light gold short shank jigs tipped with a rainbow.  Another method that worked well was locating arcs on the screen and running slow death rigs through the cluster.  It provoked reaction strikes on neutral to negative fish. 

One thing to keep in mind on a lake like this is that the structure can work for you or against you, because there are sharp drop offs on this lake the jigs will fall fast down the lead edge.   Lighten up the presentation to prevent the fast fall off and then use lively minnows so that the action of the minnow is all that is giving the jig action. 

For more tips and tricks visit my Facebook page listed under Larson Guide Service or give me a call on my direct line (320) 583-9706

Happy Hookin'

Matt Larson LGS

Edited on 5/16/16 3:56 PM
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9/29/14 @ 9:15 AM
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Larson Guide Service
Larson Guide Service
USER since 6/24/14

MOON PHASE (28%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F
Hello everyone, it was a gorgeous weekend and while the guns were blasting, the lines were tight with walleye fury on Thunder Lake.

A wide variety of boat trailers graced the Thunder Lake parking lot both Saturday night and Sunday morning. With action like we had its no wonder the parking lot was full, however it was good to hear that there was a good multi species bite going on.

We decided to focus our efforts on walleyes. The walleyes were perfect eating size and the action was fast and furious. 1/16 ounce jig heads with short shank hooks tipped with fathead minnows worked the best.

The walleyes are still located in the weed edge and we had our best success in 18 feet. Depending on how you like to present your jig you can either hover over and spot lock an area to vertically attack, but my favorite approach is to step down a jig size to a 1/32 ounce and position my boat in shallower water. Then I will pitch the jig into 18 to 20 ft.

The size of the jig is crucial for this type of presentation. As the jig falls slowly, I begin a count, when my count reaches ten my jig should be near or at the strike zone. I will then place enough tension on the line to aggressively snap the jig upward. When I do this I either set the hook or get the most aggressive fish to bite. This worked better for me than sitting over top.

Get out there and try jigging some minnows in your favorite lake to see whats biting, I bet you have tight lines!

Happy Hookin'

Matt Larson LGS

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6/24/14 @ 11:54 AM
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Larson Guide Service
Larson Guide Service
USER since 6/24/14

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
Fishing has been absolutely insane on this body of water. I have been guiding this lake for the last 6 years and it has never been this consistent of a bite. A multi-species bite such as this only comes around when conditions are right. The bugs are the worst I have ever seen and the mosquitos will drive you off the lake in most calm conditions, however this is producing one the best bites. It is a fast paced bite and crappies are the main target. We are using two types of plastics. Crappie tubes and power nymphs are my go to in this situation, more aggressive and will produce bigger fish because it is a reaction bite. As for colors, nymphs are usually toad to white in color, or pearl and for tubes, sparkling silver with pink or yellow. Plain lead head jigs work the bite and 1/32 ounce is preferred. Pencil mechanical bobbers work the best because they can be quickly adjusted and/or removed if conditions call for it. Walleyes have been biting 1/8 jigs and depending on the conditions marabou, fuzzy grub or gulp/impulse baits work the best. Marabou's will be tipped with a crawler or leech, fuzzy grubs tipped with a fathead or rainbow and then a VMC neon moon eye jig tipped with a gulp smelt or watermelon 3 inch minnow or a northland impulse 3 inch fathead color. Bass are biting on just about anything you throw and the evening crankbait bite is starting to kick up big Pike and Walleyes. Happy Hookin'

Edited on 6/24/14 12:04 PM
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